Review: The Necessiteas Blueberry Cheesecake

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Thumbs up!"I gave some to my brother, and he said it was "pretty hot and tempting". Took the words right outta my cup."
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necessiteasblueberrycheesecakeOver the last couple of years, blueberries have become a regular part of my diet. I guess I fell for the hoopla that they were "good for you" or something. However, I preferred them frozen or dried rather than fresh. Didn't like the fresh taste. Plus, frozen blueberries bled blue stuff when paired with cereal and milk; such an awesome thing to behold in the morning. Unfortunately, I hadn't encountered any successful pairings of blueberry with tea. If anyone "could" do it, it was The NecessiTeas, I figured.

Ingredients for their Blueberry Cheesecake blend were simple enough - green tea (likely Chinese sencha, my favorite), blueberries (seriously, they were huge!), and natural cheesecake and blueberry flavors. Now, I'm not sure how one makes a "natural" cheesecake flavor, since it doesn't exist in nature, but who am I to argue? It smelled awesome - nutty, sweet, and...well...cheesecake-y. A bit of green tea also reflected in the scent, giving me the impression of having dessert after a freshly tossed salad.

Brewing instructions called for 1 tsp in less-than-boiling water steeped for three minutes. By "less than", I assumed somewhere in the 170F-190F range. I erred on the side of caution and went with 175F. My usual for normal with green tea was 170F, but given the blueberry inclusion, I risked an extra bit. (I made sure there were at least three dried berries in my scoop.)

The liquor colored a pale yellow, about what I expected from a Chinese sencha. The aroma was sweet and vanilla like, a fruit presence appeared in trace amounts. As for flavor, it delivered where it was supposed to. Green tea hit first but then was superseded by a creamy fruit splash - sweet and satisfying. Steeped any longer, I think it would have spinached a little, but it turned out just right. And it lived up to its moniker.

I gave some to my brother, and he said it was "pretty hot and tempting". Took the words right outta my cup.

— To purchase The Necessiteas Blueberry Cheesecake, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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